A researcher in Glasgow has created "cell-like bubbles" from metal, and given them properties that usually belong to biological life, reports New Scientist's Katharine Sanderson. The building blocks for these metal cells, or polyoxometalates, are metal atoms linked to oxygen and phosphorus.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.